We unveil our new fleet of rapid response cars
Friday 20th July 2018
Our charity has unveiled its new fleet of ŠKODA rapid response cars. Our cars operate at night or in adverse weather conditions, bringing the same doctor-paramedic team, equipment and drugs to a patient’s side as the aircraft.
The update to the fleet means that we will continue to operate at the highest levels of efficiency and safety. The new fleet will continue to use 3 ŠKODA Octavia Estate vRS cars, now updated to new models to ensure state-of-the-art service delivery. In addition to being fast, robust and fitted with additional safety features for blue light driving, the cars now have an extra 15 BHP, an electronically controlled limited slip differential and 19-inch wheels. The fleet also sees the arrival of 2 new ŠKODA Kodiaq Estates, which have increased space to accommodate more medical kit. We have worked with ŠKODA for a number of years to ensure our rapid response vehicles meet the needs of the service
We were able to update its fleet thanks to a donation from ICAP’s Charity Day. The Charity Day is an annual event in which the leading markets operator gives away all their revenues and commissions for one day. We were selected as a beneficiary in 2016. The donation will continue to fund the lease and operation of the cars for the next three years.
Jonathan Jenkins, our charity's CEO, said:
“Our charity aspires to provide urgent care to a critically injured patient care whenever and wherever we are needed. By replacing our rapid response cars and ensuring maximum reliability, safety and speed, we make sure that we can achieve this mission. While the helicopter is the most efficient way of getting to our patients, our cars ensure 24/7 coverage for London and are a critical part of the capital’s emergency infrastructure. In 2017 it was our rapid response cars that delivered our advanced trauma teams to the major incidents at London Bridge and Grenfell Tower.
“The added space of the 2 new Kodiaqs will also allow us to carry more medical equipment than before, meaning that we can continue to provide patients with innovative and advanced pre-hospital care. We would like to express our thanks to ICAP for their generous donation for making our new fleet possible, and helping to save lives in London.”